Neil Gow,The Famous Musician of Scotland.
Published by G. Crawford 6, South St. Andrew Street, Edinburgh. [c.1850.]
Tinted lithograph heightened in white, on india paper. Image 370 x 280mm, 14½ x 11". Minor tears in outer edges, surface dust on title area and margins.
Fine portrait of Niel Gow (1727 - 1807), Scottish violinist and composer, sitting holding his violin to his chin, dressed in tartan breeches. In the autumn of 1787 Burns met him at Dunkeld, and the poet describes him as "a short, stout-built, honest Highland figure, with his greyish hair shed on his honest social brow; an interesting face, marking strong sense, kind open-heartedness, mixed with unmistrusting simplicity". As a player of Scotch dance music, especially of reels and strathspeys, Gow was in his time without superior or rival. He recieved an annuity from the Duke and Duchess of Atholl and regularly played at Dunkeld House and Blair Atholl. He composed a large number of melodies, nearly a hundred of which are included in the volumes published by his son Nathaniel. Four portraits of Gow were painted by Sir Henry Raeburn (1756 - 1823).
[Ref: 19540] £290.00